Posted on March 19th, 2015 by admin

“I feel like I’m about to move somewhere. I don’t know why or where to,” says British actor Luke Treadaway cryptically. “I’d quite like to be given a play to do in New York for a few months or film in L.A. I’d like to have different chapters in my life of living in different places,” he continues. “A few years ago, I might have said that I never wanted to move out of London, but the more I travel…”

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Treadaway is in New York for a few days promoting his new television series, Fortitude, produced in collaboration with Pivot in the U.S. and Sky Atlantic in the U.K. Set in the fictional Fortitude, a small mass of land in the Norweigan Arctic Circle, the show is a deliberately dark murder mystery with a hint of, if not the supernatural, the horrific extremes that nature can attain. Only a few hundred people reside in Fortitude—recent immigrants from England, Ireland, Spain, Scandinavia, and Russia—and each has his or her own reason for sequestering themselves at the end of the earth.

The show’s cast reflects the town’s disparate population, with American actor Stanley Tucci, Irish actor Richard Dormer, Danish actor Sofie Gråbøl, and Brits Michael Gambon and Sienna Guillory filling out the impressive ensemble. Treadaway plays Vincent Rattrey, a young British scientist who arrives in Fortitude to work on a project with a Professor Charlie Stoddart (Christopher Eccleston). Unfortunately for Vincent, soon after he arrives, Stoddart is brutally beaten to death with, among other things, a potato peeler. Vincent finds the body and is promptly arrested. Tonight, the show’s ninth episode will premiere in the U.S., and the most likely suspect in Stoddart’s murder remains a child with a motive tied to pollutants and polar bears.

Fortitude is the latest in a string of promising projects for Treadaway, who made his acting debut a decade ago in the indie film Brothers of the Head alongside his fraternal twin Harry (it was both brothers’ first professional audition) and has spent the majority of his career on stage in London (in War Horse, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time). In December, the 30-year-old actor appeared as a British POW in Angelina Jolie’s World War II epic Unbroken. In regards to Fortitude’s renewal for a second season, Treadaway is “feeling positive.”

AGE: 30

HOMETOWN: Rural Devon, England

ALMA MATER: London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art

GROWING UP… We didn’t have cable or anything like that. There were four channels, and then we had the Friday night, rent-a-video-for-the-weekend. What did we have on VHS I watched far too many times—I think I watched Dances with Wolves 10 or 20 times. Just random things like an NBA anthology video about a season of the Chicago Bulls, I’d watch again and again and again.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK: I first came to New York about five years ago and I remember the feeling of just vibrating with, “My god, I’m in New York! Wow!” That’s brilliant, and I still feel excited coming here, but I feel more like I’m able to be myself day-to-day, minute-to-minute, as opposed to having a sore neck from looking up at the buildings. As you get more used to places, you can enjoy them in a different way.

CHOOSING PROJECTS: [If I’m unsure about a project,] I often send it to my mum. She reads a lot. She’s been around. She knows. At the end of the day, you can get as many opinions as you want, but it’s going to be you that’s doing it, and you’ve got to really want to do it and really think that it’s a story that a) You’re going to want to watch, and b) you’d feel happy about telling your mates to watch. If you don’t think you’re going to happily get them to see it, then you have no right to do it, really. And it should teach people something about the world and have some sort of thing other than just being entertainment.

CREATING CHARACTERS: [When I signed on for Fortitude,] I’d only read the first episode so it was sort of going from one to the other: “Will I learn a little bit more about my character in Episode Two? Not necessarily.” But you have to be flexible. I think it’s the same with any long running TV shows, you’re only given a certain amount of information—it’s very different to doing a play or a film when you’ve got the whole beginning and end. It keeps you free to explore different sides of the character. There are a lot of filmmakers who won’t tell the actors what’s going to happen until the day of—or the day before—[shooting], or give them the dialogue the day before. Even when there’s a scene happening, they might not get told that something is about to happen in that scene. It’s taking it to a different level because it’s capturing that first-ever knowledge of that situation. But there’s no other choice, really. You’ve just got to deal with it.

THE SCIENCE BEHIND FORTITUDE: Natalie Yelburton, Sienna [Guillory]’s character, is studying cases of spontaneous aborts and hermaphroditism in reindeer. [My character] has gone there to study apex predators—polar bears—so slightly upgrading from badgers in the U.K. He’s studying the effects of perfluorinated compounds, the chemicals and plastics that humans release into the water system that then work there way through bio-magnification into the apex predators. I still remember this! It’s amazing. It’s quite scary and it’s true—they’re seeing instances of cannibalism in polar bears and that’s partly to do with all the ice melting and the climate change and being starving and not being able to use the ice to get to their hunting grounds, but also there are weird things happening with their brains because they are exposed to so many of these chemicals. It’s all art imitating life, really. It’s interesting to read about, but also really sad that we—the big corporations of the world—are saying our profits are worth more than environmental health. I think that’s terribly wrong and we need to stand up to it. A lot of the science in this show is actually pegged on real research. There are elements to the show which are imaginative as well, but a lot of the science in it is very much true.

IF I COULD PLAY ANY OTHER CHARACTER ON FORTITUDE… I would be Nick’s [Nicholas Pinnock] character because he’s a helicopter pilot and he’s been driving boats around and skidoos. I’ve spent far too much time in the lab. I’ve asked them specifically, in Season Two, if I could go onto the glacier and do something on a snowmobile—getting to go on a skidoo, that’s all I want to do!

MOVIES EVERY ACTOR SHOULD SEE: Chinatown, 100 percent. Dancer in the Dark, that’s an amazing film. Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, On the Waterfront. There are some great new films as well: Birdman. The Theory of Everything—that made me cry. I was in bits.

Source: Interview Magazine


Posted on August 4th, 2014 by admin

A starring role in the summer Blockbuster The Lone Ranger and a front-row seat at the London Collections: Men, the British actor has come a long way. He talks to Tilly Macalister Smith about the importance of challenging and the path to true style.

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Harry Treadaway is elated. He’s just returned to London after an eight-week stint filming in Nottingham in the north of England, and today marks the start of his summer holiday. Well, once this morning’s shoot for The Style Reportwearing five of AW13’s hottest eveningwear looks is out of the way, anyway – but then there’s no rest for one as highly in demand as Treadaway.

His first Hollywood blockbuster The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp, Armie Hammer and Helena Bonham Carter has opened worldwide, and he’s just wrapped Truckers, a five part bittersweet BBC series written by William Ivory (who also penned Burton and Taylor and Made in Dagenham) that will air in October 2013. Treadaway stars alongside Stephen Tompkinson and Ashley Walters as ‘Glen, a simple but incredibly optimistic young lad’. Prior to that, he was in North Carolina filming a two-hander with Game of Thrones star Rose Leslie called Honeymoon, tracking the first days of married life for an American couple ‘which doesn’t exactly go to plan.’ He explains: ‘I accepted the role when I was in Santa Fe filming The Lone Ranger because it’s the complete opposite in terms of length, budget, production.’

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Keeping creatively challenged is something the 29-year-old takes seriously. In 2005, Treadaway spent two months strapped to his twin brother Luke to get into character for their role as conjoined twins for Film4’s Brothers of the Head, and he learned to play the drums for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Joy Division drummer Stephen Morris in Control (2007). Look out for his appearance on the drums again in Mystery White Boy, a Jeff Buckley biopic in the making with the support of the late musician’s mother

‘I think, like most kids, I grew up messing around in the garden inventing scenarios and playing make believe. I realised at about seven or eight that it could be a job and I thought, “That’s the best one!” It was either that or being a policeman or a fireman. At 16, I went to the National Youth Theatre and then went off to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. It was quite intense moving from a small Devon village [in south west England] to living in London. You’re still a kid at 18, aren’t you?

‘Filming The Lone Ranger was a blast. Playing cowboys and indians is a staple of childhood and to find yourself 20 years later with a bunch of adults doing it in the most epic way was just brilliant. We were in New Mexico for the first three months and then we moved around Arizona, Utah and Colorado and California. It was a beautiful experience to see those parts of the world and the breathtaking landscapes.

‘We had to learn to ride and we were trained by real Western cattle runners and Native Americans. We trained for about six weeks, doing three to four hours’ riding a day, and then two to three hours a day roping and learning gun skills. In the 1850s, it was about how fast you could draw and these were the things that could save your life. The cowboys spent their lives on horses and carried everything on their saddles, and it would have been futile trying to play a character like that without understanding it. Also for safety – the first scene we filmed was charging up to a 1,000-foot drop canyon on horseback and if anyone was less than proficient it could have ended in disaster.

‘I think if you’re not being challenged creatively and you’re not kept on your toes, there’s a danger you can become lazy and I would hate that. Mixing genre and scale of production always brings new challenges and opportunities, and that’s what makes me happy.

‘Doing theatre is such a great test of yourself, to put yourself in that position. It’s a rewarding medium to work in, because it’s just you, and you have to take responsibility for it completely. In a film, there’s a lot of different people putting ingredients into the mix so it’s never solely one person’s thing quite so much. The idea of focusing on just one or the other wouldn’t make me particularly satisfied.

‘The personal challenge of this profession is being away from home and the unpredictability of what might come next and where you’re going to be living. Devon is my heartland and where I grew up, but I’m making a home in London so I spend time between the country and Highgate [north London] when I’m in the UK. I want to keep developing and for my work to keep getting better. You need to make sure you are coming from the right place as you approach each thing and to make sure you are not doing it for any reason other than for the character and the story.’

 Quick Fire Questions Round

 

Are you a bad loser?

(Hesitates) No.

Cowboy or Indian?

probably both

Favourite hair product?

Literally salt from the sea, there’s nothing better.

What was your favourite childhood book?

The Hungry Caterpillar, it’s the best.

Do you worry about growing old?

No.

Room service or hotel bar?

Room service probably, depends who you’re with.

 
How many pairs of shoes do you own?

Ah, yes, well that is an issue, far too many.

Can you cook?

Yes, i am a vegetarian so I like to think i can cook like Yotam Ottolenghi, but realistically you would get a cross between that and a pizza express.

The last record you bought or downloaded?

Tribes’ last album’ Wish to scream’.

Who would you play in a film of your life?

My twin brother.

What superpower would you like to have?

To be able to take all the negativity away in the world and turn it into positivity and see what happens with that. A negativity extinguisher.

What is your greatest regret?

 I don’t have any.

Source: Matches Fashion

Posted on March 11th, 2014 by admin

In celebration of the 2014 BAFTA’s, Wonderland has joined in blissful union with their official backstage photographer Jessie Craig to shoot who we imagine to be future award winners.

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There’s not much better than an awards ceremony – exulted triumph, applause, gowns, men in suits, sobbing disappointment, hysterical women stealing hateful glances at each other. Pure theatre. In celebration of the 2014 BAFTA’s, Wonderland has joined in blissful union with their official backstage photographer Jessie Craig to shoot who we imagine to be future award winners. Here they pose resplendent and explain, in bite-sized quote form, their dreams, loves, aspirations and ventures for the rest of 2014.

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“Coming up I’m playing Dr Frankenstein in Showtime’s Penny Dreadful with Eva Green, Timothy Dalton and Josh Hartnett. Also, I star in a psychological thriller indie with Rose Leslie called Honeymoon, I’m writing and directing a short film and am shooting a photographic portrait project. Calm, then.”

Source: Wonderland Magazine

 


Posted on August 9th, 2013 by admin

The Curious Incident actor lives in Highgate and calls Matt Smith for a good time.

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Home is…

I grew up in Devon in a village outside Crediton called Sandford. I try to go back as often as I can; it’s still my spiritual home.

Where do you live?

Highgate Village with my girlfriend Ruta [Gedmintas], twin Harry and our friend Johnny. It sounds crowded, but at least two of us are always away at any one time.

Best place for a first date?

Somewhere lively like The Boogaloo pub in Highgate, which has a good jukebox.

First thing you do when you arrive back in London?

If I’ve been away for a while, I go for a walk on Hampstead Heath.

Shops you rely on?

Beatroot on Berwick Street for food before I go on stage, and Metro Food & Wine by Archway Station for last-minute things on the way home. If I’m going to an event or a party, I always get suits from Burberry, but I’m not sure if that counts as shopping because they lend them to me. I just don’t ever shop.

Best meal you’ve had?

I always have a good time at The Wolseley. There’s a great atmosphere, and I love the mac and cheese and Welsh rarebit; it’s simple food done well.

Building you’d like to be locked in overnight?

I’d take some friends with me and we’d have a jam on the stage of the Royal Albert Hall.

What would you do as Mayor for the day?  

Get a haircut. And give everyone the day off for a street party.

Who are your heroes?

My parents; they are brilliant people whom I have always admired and looked up to.

Favourite London pub?

St John’s Tavern in Tufnell Park for its amazing food.

Best London discovery? 

I’ve been a vegetarian since I was five and a few years ago I discovered Mildreds, which is a great veggie restaurant on Lexington Street. I eat there a lot.

Building you’d like to live in?

Hampton Court would be a pretty good pad right on the river.

Where would you go for a nightcap?

Century is next door to the Apollo Theatre where I am appearing inThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, so post-show I’ll go there for cocktails.

Best thing a cabbie has said to you?

‘Hop right in’ instead of the usual ‘Sorry, mate, not going that way’.

Most romantic thing someone’s done for you?

Two years ago for my birthday my girlfriend organised a treasure hunt, guided by text message, which basically involved me getting more and more drunk around London. It started with a shot of tequila in the bar where we had our first date, and ended in a surprise party at my friend’s pub in Soho, The Sun & 13 Cantons.

Earliest London memory?

When I was five we did a house swap with a family in Greenwich. We went to see Starlight Express, and the moment I got home I bought some rollerskates and used to skate round the kitchen.

Biggest extravagance?

Eating out, which I do about five times a week, maybe more.

Who do you call when you want to have fun?

The three people I live with, or Matt Smith, who is a good friend.

Last play you saw?

I went to see Richard III at the Apollo Theatre so I could check out the space and see Mark Rylance being brilliant.

Animal you’d most like to be?

An eagle, so I could fly.

Best advice you’ve been given?

My old drama teacher, Phil Gasson, said, ‘It is what it is,’ meaning if you’re in a situation, just get on with it.

Last album you downloaded?

Amok by Atoms For Peace, a band made up of Thom Yorke and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers — it’s totally beautiful.

At the moment you are…

Standing on my balcony, but in general I am on stage.

What do you collect?

In the last scene of the play I draw a big smiley face on the stage with a piece of chalk, and every night I come off stage with the chalk in my pocket and add it to a long line going all the way round my dressing room. As someone said, I am literally chalking up shows.

Source: The Standard


Posted on May 1st, 2013 by admin

TAFF and students at a Devon school have sent messages of congratulations to award-winning former student Luke Treadaway.

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Luke, a former student of Queen Elizabeth’s in Crediton, walked off with the Best Actor title at the prestigious Olivier Awards this week.

The 28-year-old, who grew up in Sandford, has won rave reviews for his portrayal of an autistic teenager in the hit National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.

But the signs were there from his early years. While at QE, he took leading roles in Macbeth and The Threepenny Opera among other productions, as well as playing for the school’s Devon Cup winning rugby team.

Luke and his slightly younger twin brother Harry, who is also an actor, were also big on the local music scene with their band Lizardsun regularly played at Exeter’s Cavern, supporting The Levellers and Toploader.

In the programme for The Curious Incident, Luke credits his former drama teacher at QE, Phil Gasson, as one of his major influences.

His former tutor, maths teacher John Wright, said: “He’s not lost his roots. He was always up for doing stuff. He was and still is hard-working, courteous and generous-spirited.”

This is not Luke’s first success. He was also the original Albert in the National Theatre’s hugely successful production of War Horse and starred alongside his brother Harry as conjoined twins in Brothers of the Head. Meanwhile Harry has been filming The Lone Ranger, the new Johnny Depp film slated for release this August.

Head of expressive arts at QE, Tracey Landles, said: “From the start we knew he had the potential to do well. He and his brother were always driven and highly motivated.

“They are an inspiration to other students at the Queen Elizabeth’s.”

Two weeks ago a group of students from QE went to London to see the play.

Luke took time out between performances to meet them at the stage door and then took them on a behind the scenes tour of the hi-tech set.

Sixth form student Chloe Payne-Cook, student was delighted to see the play. She said. “And it was an amazing portrayal of autism by Luke.”

Source: Express and Echo


Posted on September 16th, 2011 by admin

Luke Treadaway, Natalia Tena and Mat Baynton talk about filming You Instead.

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You Instead is the story of two musicians who become attached to each other in more ways than one after an incident with a pair of handcuffs at leading Scottish music festival T in the Park. I met with its stars on a lovely spring day at Glasgow’s Film City building, a sandstone former town hall with views of Glasgow’s famous Science Tower.

I was first greeted by Natalia Tena who stars as Morello, who was bubbling over with festival energy and introduced herself as Nat. After a brief chat about the unusually nice weather and our respective outfits (both fabulous) we were joined by Luke Treadaway, looking cool and stubbly, and nerd- favourite Mat Baynton, who play Adam and Tyko respectively.

“I had a weird omelette for breakfast.” Mat tells me. “It had a bit of soggy asparagus in it.”

After digesting that information, I get started on the questions.

What was it like to shoot a film in such a short time?

Natalia: “Four and a half days! It was amazing!”

Luke: “Yeah, we had about three weeks here in this building working on the script, developing relationships and, you know, in the evenings trying to work out how to be two fictional bands that’d be capable of playing T in the Park. So we were working all hours doing that here for three weeks, then we got up to the festival and just had four and a half days to go through it all. The average call-sheet you’ll see on a film has maybe four scenes up for the day. On this it was like 18.”

Natalia:”Drinking so much Red Bull! And eating fudge bars. The thing is, you drink it and you’re raring to go, then you crash.”

Mat: “After a while though, just like being at a festival, you got into it. And when we stopped for an evening, you would kind of want to be back out there. This insane sort of… death wish.”

Natalia is in a real-life band called Molotov Jukebox. Have Luke or Mat had any involvement in music before?

Luke: “Yeah, I played in bands when I was a teenager, and I still play guitar and write songs now. One of the songs that I wrote and played for the producers here when I came in for my audition – it’s called You Instead – we ended up playing at the beginning and the end of the film. And bizarrely it became the title.”

Mat: “I’m in a band called Special Benny! But I’m also in a band called Grosvenor who are a bit more accessible. We had just finished touring with Hot Chip when I did the audition. The first day at T in the Park – my character has this yellow mac which I fell in love with – and I looked out the window and saw Alexis from Hot Chip wearing an almost identical mac and glasses, and I just thought ‘Oh God, I hope he doesn’t see me and think I’ve based this character on him.’ He’s nothing like Tyko!”

This film is very different from director David MacKenzie’s previous work. What was it like working with him?Natalia: “It was amazing! Basically, I think he is amazing. He doesn’t mess around. I love that because sometimes you can waste so much time with directors trying to be sensitive with you, and I actually then miss the point of the scene. ‘So what’s your character’s inner..?’ and I’m getting more and more confused until I realise they’re trying to make a point. I loved the directness because of time – I was like ‘This? This?’ and he was like ‘Yes!’ Bang.”

Mat: “I feel like we were lucky to get to work with him on this particular project, because there’s a reason he wanted to do a film that’s impossible to do and so we worked with him on a project that I think was really reinvigorating for him. He was completely wired and passionate and he had this sort of hunter’s look in his eye. You could see he was just constantly looking for opportunities. He had his own camera to shoot extra stuff on and he was always just going ‘Let’s do this! That looks amazing! Run! Run!'”

Luke: “You couldn’t switch off because he wasn’t gonna switch off. Even walking from one scene to another. It became pretty clear after day one, don’t bother thinking you’ve got a five or ten minute break, because David ain’t taking one so why waste the time?”

Natalia: “We barely even had time to go to the loo. I had to get extras to help me because I was handcuffed to Luke.”

Luke: “It’s funny because there’s a scene where we have to use the toilets handcuffed together, obviously you see a scene like that, you think it might have been embarrassing to film, but by that point we’d been handcuffed together so long that boundaries were broken!”

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Natalia: “Smashed!”

So how did everyone get involved in a film like this?

Natalia: “I got sent the script and I just thought it was absolutely banging. And then I went to the audition, spiked my hair red, took my accordion and played one of my songs from my band. And then I was in Athens seeing one of my mates and having loads of fun, and I got an email from my agent, she was really pissed off I was in another country. She said ‘Nat, you need to learn all these scenes and be in Glasgow in two days!’ It was pretty surreal. I met Luke on the plane.”

Luke laughs:”I was sat at the gate and I had been told I was meeting Natalia here, which is great, because we could run through things on the plane and stuff, and then she comes running in with an accordion on her back, so we had an hour on the plane and then the taxi ride here to try to run through these scenes together. We spent an afternoon with David, and that was like our audition together.”

Natalia: “The audition was a bit like how it was then done. We did the scene over and over again and he filmed from different angles. We met Ruta (Gedmintas) who plays Luke, Adam’s girlfriend, and it was basically…” Good preparation? “Yeah!”

Mat: “David showed me that tape when I arrived. I think he was trying to work out how… how do you possibly make this film in such a short space of time? It was really impressive, that tape, even though there was no crowd. It helped us work out how to deal with the problems.”

Luke: “I think one of the things that helped take the pressure off is that David said he was as much trying to work out how to shoot these scenes quickly and how to cut them together as we were trying to work out how to act them. We were doing like an hour a scene.”

Mat: “Any extra time we did have, we weren’t using to find more in existing scenes, we were adding. It wasn’t ‘Go back and try that moment again,’ it was ‘What else can we come up with while we’re standing in front of the sunset?’ Opportunities would present themselves to David – even when we were travelling between locations he’d come up behind you and say ‘I’m filming!’, so we just kind of wended our way through the festival, jumping and titting about and thinking ‘Who knows? Some of this might get used.'”

“The fairground sequence!” yell Natalia and Luke simultaneously.

“Was that in the script?”

Natalia: “No, it wasn’t.”

Luke: “The script was more a jumping off point. It was like, the ingredients.”

Natalia: “Which we then massively cooked!”

Luke: “I think it was a great way to work. It was a very live environment so we wouldn’t know exactly what we were going to see when we were up there. David said ‘Here’s a fiver, go on some rides.’ So we went on the whirlers and we went and got candyfloss.”

“The whirlers!” says Natalia rapturously.

Luke: “It was brilliant, because as an actor it can become very sterile, shooting and standing on marks on a set doing one scene all day, and you’ve got to re-light and then have lunch and come back to the same scene and it becomes about trying to re-find that first way of doing it. Whereas a lot of this film is us doing it for the first time. It is us getting that candyfloss the first and only time! So it was kind of like, joyously brilliant. You wouldn’t want to shoot every film that way, but for this I think it worked.”So the film captures the atmosphere of a festival like T?

Natalia: “Yeah!”

Did you feel you could absorb any of the atmosphere of T in the Park or was it more like work?

Mat: “I don’t think we had any choice! We were so immersed in it. The amazing thing about it – if you were to try to stage that, in order to set a film at a festival, it would cost the earth and it would be so hard to direct the crowd. It would take days and days to do tiny little sequences. And you would still, after all that, not end up with something that feels as vibrant as the truth. So it was worth occasionally being jumped on by drunk, mad revellers.”

Did anyone recognise any of you? Did you have to fend off autograph hunters in the middle of scenes?

Natalia: “No, but afterwards – after we were on stage in handcuffs – people started saying ‘Oh you’re those weird people security had to remove!'”

Luke “80,000 people had seen that scene so we were bound to then pass people who recognised us walking around handcuffed together.”

Mat: “Also, the beginning of the film is us driving through the festival playing a song in the back of a little car, and if you see people driving through the festival playing in front of a camera you’re going to assume they’re a band. So people just looked a bit curious, thinking we must be someone, they just didn’t know who!”

Luke: “It was quite an ego trip walking around pretending to be a rockstar and things like that really help you, like a camera crew following you.”

Natalia: “They had extras round the tent when Luke was doing the signing, and all the people were to be screaming, and at that point they knew the songs, and they were singing and – who was on stage at that point?”

Luke: “Jay-Z!”

Natalia: “Jay-Z was on stage and people were walking past to get a beer, and I was waiting for them to finish the scene, and they’d say ‘Who’s that?’ and I’d say ‘It’s The Make!’ and people started to queue, wanting to find out.”

Luke: “That’s where it crossed over for me into performance art territory. Like an experiment both in how you can make films, because you would never get 80,000 extras to really do that, and also how make-believing something in an environment like that can sort of start to make it become a bit true. It really helped me to believe in it.”

Mat: “Those extras were particularly wonderful. Because you can encourage people, and say ‘we’d like you to do that’, but that will only get you so far. So in that scene David and Danny told them, you know, ‘you really love this band, and you want an autograph, and maybe you can shout out the names of a few songs’ and they just instantly started singing at the top of their voices and then, it wasn’t directed at all, but they picked us up and crowd-surfed us, they were just caught up in the fantasy of it.”

Luke: “They were with us the whole time, they were camping with us. Some of them knew each other, but it was like a meeting-friends-on-holiday type vibe, and they came with us to be our stock crowd. They would get called out at four in the morning to come over to sit by a campfire. Their committment to it really helped make it what it is.”

I suppose that’s a traditional part of the festival – the cameraderie, the getting to know people?

Natalia: “Through the mud and mayhem, just getting on with it.”

Mat: “The feeling that that time is its own thing.”

Source: Eye for the Film


Posted on April 20th, 2011 by admin

InStyle caught up with Attack the Block star, Luke Treadaway to talk all things film, family and music…

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InStyle first noticed rising acting star Luke Treadaway, playing a Siamese twin (with his twin, fellow thesp Harry) in 2005 indie flick Brothers of the Head, for which he scored an Independent Awards nomination – the least he deserved after spending the entire summer joined to Harry in a harness.

He played Albert in both the radio and theatre adaptations of Michael Morpugo’s acclaimed War Horse and Prokopion in 2010 epic Clash of the Titans.

He’s a hardworking man – not only has he recently finished filming The Whistleblower with Rachel Weisz and Monica Bellucci as well as Late Bloomers with Joanna Lumley and Isabella Rossellini (both out later this year) but when we caught him for a chat, he was in the middle of trying on some high-waisted trousers for forthcoming comedy flick Cheerful Weather for a Wedding.

Any wonder there’s no time for a summer holiday…

What are you up to at the moment?

I’m doing costume fittings for Cheerful Weather for the Wedding (with Mackenzie Crook and Felicity Jones) which I am finishing off next week, so I’ve been sporting some nice 30s leisurewear. It was such an amazing period for costumes. Having neat hair, being clean-shaven and playing an upper class English gentleman was definitely a departure for me – I’d double take every morning when I saw myself looking dapper.

You slept in a bed with your twin brother for two months before you played conjoined twins in Brothers of the Head. Too close to comfort?

It was as close as you can get to that! We were trying to understand what it would be like to have such permanent proximity to someone else so it felt natural when we filmed it. We spent most of the summer attached to each other in a harness.

What’s it like having a brother in the business. Comforting or competitive?

It’s healthy competition. I have a lot of mates who are actors as well and it’s honestly no different from that. You keep abreast of it, but we don’t tend to talk industry stuff all the time as that would be completely boring.

You’ve had a very diverse career. What draws you to such a wide spectrum of roles?

If I connect to the story and it’s going to enable me to grow as an actor. My early roles really stand out. We made Brothers of the Head during the summer holidays of my first year at LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). It was an amazing experience. The first play I did was Saint Joan at The Olivier at The National in 2007, with Anne-Marie Duff. During the day I was rehearsing War Horse in the space underneath, so it was an incredible 10 months of training down at the National.

You’ve played a few muso roles too – a punk singer in Brothers of the Head and a guitarist in [recently released] Killing Bono. Any rock star ambitions?

I’ve just done a film called You Instead, playing a front man of an American rock band at Glasgow’s T in the Park festival, for which I wrote the title track, You Instead, which then ended up being the title of the film. I love playing the guitar live and writing music.

I’ve no grand designs to conquer the music industry, but I’d love to be able to tell my mates that I’m playing in a pub in Camden one night. I have started to record some demos so hopefully in the near future I can play live. I love music, particularly Radiohead, TV on the Radio, The XX and Tribes – they’re a great new band from Camden and well worth a look at.

Music, TV, film and theatre – talk about having your cultural cake and eating it! Any James Franco-esque ambitions to start penning poetry?

I do actually dabble in a bit of poetry! And I’m yet to pen a script, but it is something that I’ve been telling myself I want to do. I’ve also just directed my first music video for an all-girl acapella group The Boxettes, featuring the female beatbox world champion, Bellatrix, who actually grew up in my village in Devon. I’ve always wanted to make a video with them and it was really exciting to be in creative control over something.

Last summer you filmed You Instead at T in the Park – are you a keen festival goer?

I’m going to V this year and I’d love to go to Glastonbury, but I haven’t got a ticket. I might have to hide in a tour bus. I’m going to try and get to Secret Garden this year, as all my mates are going and Tribes are playing there. I’m always working though.

So no time off this summer?

I’ve just been on an amazing road trip around America for a month, going via Austin where my new film, an alien invasion comedy called Attack the Block (directed by Joe Cornish and also starring Nick Frost and Jodie Whittaker) was screening at The South by Southwest festival. It was quite surreal watching a film that was made in the dark in Elephant and Castle, being screened in Texas.

Source: InStyle Magazine


Posted on February 23rd, 2009 by admin

Between them, Luke and Harry Treadaway have got the film and theatre worlds sewn up… Just don’t mention the t-word.

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Plucked from their first year of drama school to star in a haunting mockumentary about conjoined punk-rockers, Luke and Harry Treadaway became overnight indie stars. Any young actor would kill for such a launchpad, and the twins, now 24, got stuck into Brothers Of The Head with relish, spending the entire shoot sewn together in a wetsuit and even sharing a bed.

“Since then, though, we’ve been off doing our own things,” chirps Harry, the younger by twenty minutes, at London’s Holborn Studios. Harry has boosted his film CV with the likes of Joy Division biopic Control and Tim Robbins-starrer City Of Ember. Luke, meanwhile, has made a name for himself as one of the Bright Young Things of British theatre, with star turns in the National Theatre’sWar Horse and Philip Ridley’s Piranha at the Soho.

Spend five minutes in their company and it’s clear that Harry, eerily reminiscent of a cocky young Malcolm McDowell, is the more confident of the two. He’s also more restless, eternally making roll-ups or fiddling with his new iPhone. By contrast, Luke seems softer-edged, sweeter, perhaps – and happy to let his brother take the lead.

Four years since their startling debut, the Treadaways are coming together for their second joint professional outing, this time on stage. Mark Shopping and Fucking Ravenhill’s two-hander Over There is part of the Royal Court’s new season Off The Wall, marking twenty years since the Berlin Wall was smashed into tiny, tourist-pocket-sized chunks. Luke and Harry play Franz and Karl, identical twins separated as infants when their mother escapes to the West, taking one son with her and leaving the other behind. “It’s a great idea, I can’t wait to get stuck in,” Harry grins.

But while Ravenhill’s piece probes at the nature of twinhood and the brothers have consented to being interviewed together, their genetic relationship turns out to be a topic neither Luke nor Harry seem keen to discuss…

Wonderland: I see you’ve succumbed to the lure of the iPhone, Harry.

HARRY: I just got it a couple of weeks ago.

LUKE: I’ve hardly spoken to him since. I’m very jealous.

HARRY: I’ve realised that it’s like the temptation of man – it’s like taking a bite of the apple in the Garden of Eden. It’s as close to an identity card as we can have because it’s saying exactly what I’m doing on the internet, what music I’m listening to, and in the Book of Revelations there’s a bit that says when there’s a chip in the eye of man, mankind will fall. This is a chip – a computer chip – and it’s got the apple with a bite mark.

LUKE: It’s weird how you were saying that you can type in where you want to go and it will direct you there.

HARRY: Yeah, it makes you lazy. If you lose a signal, it’s like, ‘What the hell do I do now?’

Wonderland: Are you looking forward to the Royal Court play?

HARRY: Yeah, we haven’t done a play together since college. /I/ haven’t done a play since coming out of college. You’ll have to teach me the ropes.

LUKE: I’ll show you how it’s done. It’s funny how it can go from us having not worked together for three years to suddenly something cropping up on the Wednesday and by Friday we’re doing it together… although we know that we won’t do many things together in our lives. We’re not going to make a habit of it. But I’m deeply excited about this.

HARRY: It’s like a complete extension into the adult world of playing in your living room with your brother.

LUKE: Which is what you do anyway on any job with other, non-genetically similar people.

Wonderland: Who’s playing which role?

HARRY: We might just decide before we go on every night. Alternate.

LUKE: It would keep it fresh.

HARRY: We haven’t decided yet. I’ve been saying to people that we’re doing it and people go, ‘Did Mark write it for you?’ And what’s weird is that he didn’t at all. It says on the first page that it’s up to every production whether they do it with real twins or not.

Wonderland: Did you avoid working together again after Brothers Of The Head?

LUKE: Yes, there were some things which were proffered but we just felt…

HARRY: …It would have been stupid if we’d gone and done another brother thing straight after drama school.

LUKE: But we haven’t consciously tried to do anything ever. There’s no weird planning. We’ve just gone up for things and either got them or not.

HARRY: We go up for the same stuff sometimes. Sometimes one gets them, sometimes the other one gets them, sometimes neither of us get them. But we never both get them – that’s impossible. So there’s no conscious plan.

Wonderland: Is it awkward when you know you’re going up for the same role?

HARRY: Don’t think about it. Because you have mates who are going up for the same stuff as well. If you start thinking about who else is going up for something, your head is in the wrong place. Whether it’s your twin brother or not.

LUKE: It’s quite funny though when you’re the next one in as you walk out the door. Sometimes they’ll say something: ‘Coming back in for a second go?’

HARRY: Then you have to laugh, as if it’s funny and you’ve never heard it before.

Wonderland: How did you find drama school?

HARRY: It’s good training for theatre but you have to forget a lot of what you learnt to do any film. It’s hard to take on all this shit about identity and the psychologies of other characters when you’re still 18. You’re going, ‘What the fuck, I don’t even know what the Tube does yet.’ I found that quite hard. But I’m getting happier the more time that I’m away from it.

LUKE: I don’t regret having gone through it but I’m glad I’m not going through it now.

Wonderland: What was it like growing up as twins in a tiny village in Devon?

HARRY: I have nothing to compare it to, not having grown up anywhere else as a twin…

LUKE: It was very good for me, I enjoyed it.

HARRY: I loved the countryside. I can’t imagine not having had that. People are happy who grew up in cities and that’s cool but for me I need occasionally to go and walk by the sea or be in the countryside. It keeps me happy; it keeps me sane, I think.

Wonderland: Did your parents encourage you to be individuals?

LUKE: As with any siblings, I think. We were never dressed in the same way.

Wonderland: Some twins are…

HARRY: Some sisters are.

LUKE: I think that’s akin to child abuse, when parents dress their kids identically…

HARRY: They do it because they think it’s cute… and child abuse is never cute.

LUKE: No, but I just think it’s so sad because you think, ‘They’re obviously going to have a harder time than other siblings having an identity anyway. Why the /fuck/ would you want to put them in matching jumpers?’

Wonderland: How close are you now?

LUKE: I’d challenge anyone to spend 98 percent of their life with someone, pretty much in proximity…

HARRY: Well, up to 18.

LUKE: Up to 18… The first few years of our life we probably weren’t apart for more than a day. That’s a lot of days to spend with someone so you’re either going to feel pretty close, or hate or kill that person. It’s hard for there to be a middle ground in that and luckily we haven’t murdered each other and we don’t hate each other so I guess that’s a sign of being close.

HARRY: But the last two and a half years, we’ve seen each other maybe half a year because we’ve both been working so much.

LUKE: Like now, you’ve just come back to London –

HARRY: I’ve been in Nottingham doing a film.

LUKE: And it’s quite nice. It’s kind of like, ‘Yeah, this is fun.’ We’re living together at the moment. We went to the theatre last night together for the first time in years.

Wonderland: In what ways are you different?

LUKE: [sighs] I’m trying to think of the equivalent question if we weren’t twins, which would be, ‘How do you think you’re different from everyone else in the world?’ Which I guess would be highly impossible to answer. I can’t even think of anything specific at all, only inasmuch as we’re as different as…

HARRY: …any brothers are different.

LUKE: Yeah. [gets a text message alert]

Wonderland: You used to have a band – do you still play music together?

HARRY: We just play with mates. We had a great jam the other night with our mate. One of us was on the guitar, one was on the violin and one was on the xylophone. What a blend. We just get drunk and play with musical instruments that we’ve procured throughout the world.

LUKE: My friend just texted me saying, ‘I’m gonna give you a hot, oil-filled body massage tonight.’

HARRY: [unimpressed] That’s bizarre…

LUKE: That’s bizarre, isn’t it. Sorry.

Wonderland: How do you look back on Brothers Of The Head now?

HARRY: It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. But since then, there’s been a lot of stuff so… we could talk about that if you want.
Wonderland: Not keen to talk about Brothers?

HARRY: Think about it: it was our first audition, we went in there with no idea about anything. We went in there smoking and drinking Stella, not in a self-conscious, isn’t-this-clever way, just thinking, ‘They’re punks so they smoke and drink Stella.’ There was such a naïve quality about it. And it was an amazing psychological experiment being strapped to someone – we didn’t want to fake any physicality or work with some choreographer. Why give up the opportunity to actually see what it would be like? For me it’s going to make my career far more interesting if I don’t try and fake it each time. I got into birdwatching for a film I’ve just done called Pelican Blood, in the same way that I learned to take drugs for Control. It’s more interesting if you actually do it.

LUKE: I’d say exactly the same.

Wonderland: Did you learn anything about each other that you didn’t already know?

LUKE: I gained only more respect and more love for you through doing that.

HARRY: Jesus. Right, okay.

LUKE: No. Fuck it. Nothing.

HARRY: Right. Not really.

Wonderland: So, Luke, you starred in your second film, Dogging: A Love Story, recently…

LUKE: Not recently. It seems a while ago. It seemed to be delayed and delayed and I hear now that it’s being released. So, yeah, we’ll see… I’m still yet to see it so I can’t really give it a good mention apart from, ‘Newcastle is very cold in December.’ That’s really all I have to offer on that one.

Wonderland: Doesn’t seem like it’s going to factor in your all-time great experiences…

LUKE: Uh, no… I did kind of enjoy it. Sometimes.

HARRY: [sharply] Leave it there, Luke, just leave it there.

LUKE: Yeah, I know, I’ve left it there.

Wonderland: What are the differences for you between doing film and theatre?

HARRY: Film’s like making an album and theatre’s like doing a live gig. I can’t wait to do a live gig.

LUKE: Are you going to be my roadie?

HARRY: I’m not going to be your roadie, mate, I’m going to be the frontman. And the Royal Court – what an amazing theatre. It’s done so much amazing work over the last fifty years: Never Look Back In Anger…

LUKE: Look Back In Anger.

HARRY: Look Back In Anger, yeah.

LUKE: Never Look Back In Anger – never less than a companion piece.

HARRY: [sarcastically] Thank you. I’m glad you’re here mate.

Wonderland: Do you ever envy the other’s career?

HARRY: I want all of it. In abundance. I’d be unhappy if it was one or the other. Wouldn’t you?

LUKE: Yeah, man. I’ve only just dipped my toe in what this game is, and there’s just plenty more to come of both hopefully.

Wonderland: Together and apart…

LUKE: Working together every five years would be enough. That would be a few things in our lifetime.

Leaving the studio and walking to the Tube, the Treadaways are visibly more relaxed and bantery. As Harry mock-swoons over a buxom fake-blonde taking a fag break from her own photo shoot, Luke admonishes him: “Get real. Going out with someone like that in real life must be an absolute nightmare. It would be like going out with a doll.” “No, the thing is, Luke,” Harry retorts, “it’s no worse than if your girlfriend was an actress or a dancer.”

Harry’s off to finish his Christmas shopping before flying to St. Lucia for two weeks. Luke’s on his way to audition for the big-budget remake of 70s campfest Clash Of The Titans. Little brother gives him some advice: “Be passionate – don’t do that arched-eyebrow thing. Just go for it…” The bristly reactions have vanished, although when I tell them I’m heading straight off to interview Rupert Friend – who happens to be Keira Knightley’s boyfriend but, I’ve been told, doesn’t take kindly to questions about their relationship – Harry play-slaps me on the shoulder: “See? We could have said we didn’t want to talk about being twins.”

“There’s nothing I have less to say about in the world than being a twin,” chimes in Luke. “In a few years time, I think we’re just going to stop talking about it…”

 

 

 

 

Source: Wonderland


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